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Foundations of Human Anatomy

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This seven-week course is the lead-in to Scientific Foundations of Medicine, using a regional approach to teaching anatomy. This follows along smoothly with dissection of the human body, which is essential for learning the details, the three-dimensional relationships and the anatomical variation, necessary for a good grasp of anatomy. Thus, the course is broken into three sections of study:

  1. thorax, abdomen, pelvis
  2. limbs
  3. head and neck

Within each part, the students are given lectures on human gross anatomy (and embryology wherever relevant), dissect that region of the body, receive relevant clinical correlations and participate in team-based learning and small-group activities.

Course Goals

By the end of this course, the students will:

  • Demonstrate understanding of normal anatomy of the main regions of the human body: thorax, abdomen and pelvis, back and limbs, and head and neck
  • Demonstrate effective use of anatomical terminology
  • Demonstrate good knowledge of 3-D relationships of structures within the human body
  • Hone skills in problem-solving by relating symptoms to possible cause or tracing causes to possible symptoms
  • Demonstrate an ability to present written and oral information clearly and concisely under strict time constraints
  • Demonstrate effective collaborative skills and professionalism

Course Director

Chris Ruff

Chris Ruff, Ph.D.
Professor, Center for Functional Anatomy and Evolution

Time Commitment and Course Length

The course runs for seven weeks.
Typical weekly schedule for Foundations of Human Anatomy:

Time Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
8 AM Scientific Foundations of Medicine: Anatomy Intro Scientific Foundations of Medicine: Thorax+chalktalk
Thorax Lecture
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Heart
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Pulmonary Clinic Correl
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Heart Develop

9 am

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Lab. Safety Intro
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Thorax
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Chest lab
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First Day
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Periph. Nerves
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Heart Lab
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Pulmonary
 
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Thorax Imaging
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Thorax Lab
10 AM  
 
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Inro to Team Based Learning
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Lung Lab
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Embryology Intro
11 AM Scientific Foundations of Medicine:
Chest Lab
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Thorax
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Heart Lab
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Heart Lab
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Medical Imaging
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Thorax Lab
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Inro to Team Based Learning
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Lung Lab
12 PM Scientific Foundations of Medicine:
Medical Imaging
1 PM         Scientific Foundations of Medicine:
Lab Presentation

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